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Using FrontPage with Windows 2008 Shared Hosting Servers

by Brian on August 26, 2008

There have been some questions around whether or not you can use Microsoft FrontPage with Windows Server 2008 and IIS7, which is one of the platforms included with our new Premium and Professional hosting plans. While you can use FrontPage on the new platform, you need to keep in mind you will not be able to use all the features.

FrontPage can use a simple FTP connection to manage your files, and this will work with IIS7. FrontPage can also be used as an HTML editor, this will also work with IIS7. This means that you can use FrontPage to construct simple HTML pages and upload them on IIS7.

FrontPage also has a number of forms and features which require FrontPage Server Extensions to function, the extensions will not run on Windows 2008 server with IIS7. This means most, if not all, of the snap-in features will not work. This includes guestbooks and themes for example.

The main point of confusion we see comes from the changes in the file structure on the servers. On our older Windows 2003 servers when you connected to the server, your default folder was your root. On the newer Windows 2008 servers this is not the case. On the new servers you need to have all you web pages in the wwwroot folder.

You can make a simple change in FrontPage and set it to use the wwwroot folder by default. To do this open your local site in FrontPage, click on File, then click on Publish. This will open the remote web site publishing window. Here you want to change the remote server type from FrontPage to FTP.

Next enter the remote web site location, which is your domain name, then in the FTP directory box enter wwwroot and click on OK. You will now be asked for your username and password, and you will then be connected to your server where you can transfer the web pages.

In my next post, I will be discussing various alternatives to FrontPage for use with Windows 2008 hosting accounts.

Thanks,

Brian R.
Operations Team
SoftCom Technology Consulting Inc.

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Riza Pacalioglu August 27, 2008 at 8:48 AM

but you didn’t tell that if we follow your solution and accept FrontPage’s defaults during publishing the FTP director will be removed from the server,

nor you offered a solution to view the remote website after publishing. If you use FTP mode FP’s Preview button uses FTP based URLs, which breaks the page links.

Paul Dickins September 1, 2008 at 5:09 PM

Hello,
Thank you for this posting; I have had many problems regarding the uselessness of FP Server Extensions with sites larger than ca 1.7GB.
The quicker that you can advise of better or more useful programmes to use on Win2008 the better.
Also, one would hope that there will be a method to enable a smooth transition. My sites are on your servers running Win2003, because of the limitations noted in your article. I would hope that my sites can be moved onto Win2008 whenever there is an ability to move them without damaging what’s on them. Not a lot, but it has taken me a long time to do it.
Regards,
Paul

Brian September 5, 2008 at 8:14 AM

Greetings Paul,

I have received your comment on the blog posting “Using FrontPage with Windows 2008 Shared Hosting Servers” My next post should be up on the site in the next 12-24 hours which will have a few suggestions for you.

You are totally correct, FrontPage will not function well if at all on a site as large as the one you have listed. When FrontPage was created the average site was under 50MB, the backend of FrontPage was never created with a site this large in mind.

I would imagine without knowing the specifics of your case that you at times get timeout errors when trying to connect and errors or failures when trying to reinstall or repair your server extensions. As you stated these would all be caused by the size of the site.

I have taken a quick look at the site mattoid.com, I see you are using a guestbook on that site, that as you know would be one feature you would have to re-build in order for it to function on the new servers. There are a number of free ASP based guestbook’s you can use which are not too hard to edit and setup. I have used a few samples from the site http://www.asp101.com/samples/ before and they do have a guestbook there you could try out.

Other than that section I don’t see too many road blocks which would stop you from moving this site over to the new servers. I would suggest that you work with a new tool to setup a new site on your local PC. This will give you time to copy all the text and files you need over to the new tool and setup your layout. Once you are happy with the new site you could then contact our support dept at support@myhosting.com and ask them to help you make the move over to the new servers.

I hope some of this information will help you get started toward moving to 2008 and IIS7. Have a great rest of the day and thank you for your comments on the blog posting.

Brian

Rusher January 20, 2011 at 9:19 AM

I always liked FrontPage a lot. I’m sorry that it’s no longer in existence.

PotsNPans May 9, 2011 at 7:49 PM

I didn’t realize that FrontPage was not built for large sites. That might have helped lead to its demise.

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